Why Everyone’s Still Talking About Gaga’s Bowie Tribute

One of the most talked about moments of the Grammys this year was Lady Gaga’s tribute to the late and great David Bowie. 

In fact, Facebook looked at its data, and according to the findings, Lady Gaga’s tribute was officially the most-talked-about moment from the night on the social media site.

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It was highly anticipated, as she’s wildly publicised the fact that she holds Bowie as a true inspiration. The Poker Face singer has said, ‘I can’t express to you, I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t have (him as) a figure in my life. I don’t know what my identity would be.’

Her theatrics and artistic tendencies nod to the Starman in a way that not many other current chart-toppers do. The world was expecting an incredible musical eulogy.


Starting the night, Gaga took to the red carpet in a striking Ziggy Stardust-inspired get up, donning a copper red wig, dramatic make-up and a bespoke Marc Jacobs floor length jacket. But it was her on-stage tribute that’s got everyone talking. 

Celebrities in the audience applauded her, with Florence Welch taking to her feet and Lionel Ritchie watching on approvingly. Many were touched by her heartfelt and colourful rendition of Bowie’s best known tracks. 

But over on Twitter, Bowie’s son Duncan Jones seemed less than impressed. He tweeted the Oxford English dictionary’s definition of the word Gaga, ‘Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused’. He followed up, ‘Damn it! What IS that word!?’



Some defended the pop songstress, with one responding ‘She honored your father In a way no other artist would.’

But others seemed to take offence to the performance for a whole other reason. 

Fans were outraged by an advert for Intel, which starred Gaga talking about the technology. 


Many took to social media to complain that the memorial was being used and exploited to promote the technology company. One tweet read, ‘…using it to sell intel [sic] right after is a disgrace. Shameful.’

Paul Tapp, Intel’s director of technology, explained to Vanity Fair: ‘Lady Gaga had been speaking to Intel as early as September, brainstorming ways in which she could use technology to express herself in a way that had never been done before.’

It’s clear that Lady Gaga put a lot of emotion into her performance, and she certainly took the tribute seriously. 

We loved it.